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Joyous reunions were the order of the day as USS Decatur returned to San Diego from deployment on April 1.
Joyous reunions were the order of the day as USS Decatur returned to San Diego from deployment on April 1.
USS Decatur returns home from deployment

From U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) returned to San Diego April 1, following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation.
"This deployment highlighted every capability that dynamic force employment provides," said Cmdr. Bob Bowen, Decatur's commanding officer. "We were successful on deployment, providing the fleet commanders with a well-trained and equipped surface combatant capable of executing any mission assigned."
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April is Month of the Military Child
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.

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CNRSW welcomes new commander, RADM Bette Bolivar
SAN DIEGO (March 22, 2019) Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar assumed command of CNRSW from Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey in a change of command ceremony held at North Island on March 22.

Navy Region Southwest welcomes new commander
From Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey relinquished command ofNavy Region Southwest to Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar during a change of command ceremony March 22, on Naval Base Coronado.
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NRL Tech Transfer Office forges collaboration with tech incubator
by By Jonathan B. Holloway, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Technology Transfer Office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory forged a strategic partnership with 1776, the nation’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators, to foster innovative-intellectual exchange and gainful collaborative agreements.
At 1776, promising tech-enabled startups, investors, corporate partners and government agencies in innovation-driven industries, collide in a central location where meaningful exchange between markets, talent and capital take place.
“This partnership will provide NRL scientists with the opportunity to engage with innovators and investors in the private sector,” said Amanda Horansky McKinney, head of NRL’s Technology Transfer Office. “NRL and tech startups are similar in their focus on cutting-edge technology and innovation, but an active, ongoing dialogue between our communities hasn’t yet existed.”
Gaining early visibility of new technology-driven markets can help NRL researchers understand the culture, mindset and tools tech startups use to think differently about the future — an advantage that can be leveraged in developing future naval capabilities....read more

Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more

Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more

Separation policy
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM)April 1 marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). This year’s theme is “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission: Eliminating sexual assault requires every service member to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate and respectful culture and upholding Navy core values. Check with your installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, located at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), if you would like to volunteer or participate in SAAPM activities. For more information on SAAPM, visit www.sapr.mil

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flagNavy Region Southwest welcomes new commander
flagNavy uniform policy update announced
flagUSS Essex ARG returns home to San Diego
flagSPAWAR Systems Center names change to Naval Information Warfare Centers
flagNavy commands convene in Information Warfare Pavilion at WEST 2019; Demonstrate critical teamwork in the information domain
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flag2018 Health Safety Fitness Flagship Award winners announced
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flagSailor selected to Warrant Officer 1, Navy's first since 1975
flagSPAWAR's Dictionary of Common Terms advances interoperability
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flagIWTC SD Sailors, families participate in Wreaths Across America ceremony
flagUSS John S. McCain leaves dry dock
flagCNSF signs new Surface Warfare Watchstander Proficiency Requirements Instruction
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Contract awarded for multi-year procurement of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighter
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - The Navy has awarded The Boeing Co. a contract for the procurement of 78 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft; a multi-year procurement (MYP) of 72 between fiscal years 2019-2021, and six from fiscal year 2018.
Navy officials estimate this multi-year model saves a minimum of $395 million on this contract valued at approximately $4 billion.
“This multi-year purchase is a great illustration of employing team effort to drive out cost and maximize efficiency in government procurement,” said Rear Adm. Shane Gahagan, Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs. “This acquisition strategy secures cost savings to the Navy, and the contract provisions limit Navy liability while incentivizing the cost to the contractor.”
“The program office was able to achieve significant savings while equipping our warfighters with the best capability on an accelerated timeline,” Gahagan said. “This is how we keep pace with our adversaries.”
There will also be opportunities in fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021 to procure six more aircraft at the same reduced prices as those in MYP, via a variation in quantity. The Fixed Price Incentive (Firm Target) (FPIF) contract limits the Navy’s liability and incentivizes the cost of production for industry. Under this contract, the Navy and its industry partners have agreed to share any monetary overrun or underrun once the production is completed.
Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet is the next step in the aircraft’s evolution. Equipped with an advanced cockpit system, advanced network infrastructure, reduced radar cross-section, conformal fuel tanks, and a 10,000-flight hour life span. It is the most lethal, interoperable, and sustainable Super Hornet model to date.

Family PCS travel flexibility

Fall 2018
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy has expanded the eligible categories for advanced dependent travel (ADT) and delayed dependent travel (DDT), personnel officials announced in September.
For permanent change of station (PCS) moves within the 50 states, the policy allows for dependent travel of up to six months before or after the sponsoring Sailor’s PCS move in the following situations: spousal employment or education, dependents in elementary or secondary school (K-12), dependent enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program, or caring for an immediate family member with a chronic or long-term illness. The previous approved policy that allowed DDT for the length of the school year is unchanged by this expansion.
For moves from the 50 states to overseas locations, only DDT will be authorized. For moves from overseas locations to the 50 states, only ADT will be authorized.
Sailors will only receive one housing allowance, either for their location or their dependent’s location, under delayed or advance travel. Sailors or dependents may be assigned government quarters if available, but may not displace a member or dependent in government housing.
Requests for DDT or ADT must be submitted to Navy Personnel Command (PERS-451).
For information and answers to questions on this policy, email NXAG_N130C@navy.mil.

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SoCal military news

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 28, 2018) Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) recite the Sailor™s Creed on mess decks during the ship™s Navy Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award inspection. Boxer is pierside in its homeport. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Alexander C. Kubitza.
SAN DIEGO Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) recite the Sailor's Creed on mess decks during the ship's Navy Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award inspection. Boxer is pierside in its homeport. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Alexander C. Kubitza.

Ney every day: Boxer wins Ney award
by MC3 John Luke McGovern, USS Boxer (LHD 4) Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- “Ney every day.” The words are written on plaques adorning each of the main entrances into the mess decks of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). It’s a small message, but a powerful mission statement for the Sailors of the supply department aboard.
Boxer was recently awarded the 2019 Navy Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award in the Large Afloat category, for the first time in her 24 years of service.
Cmdr. Phoebe Tamayo, Boxer’s supply officer, equates winning a Ney award to the supply equivalent of winning the Super Bowl, and recognized the crew for their overwhelming support in making it happen.
“Winning this award, Boxer holds the bragging rights as having the best food service operation amongst all large afloat platforms for 2019,” said Tamayo. “The entire crew provided overwhelming support, constructive feedback, and high level of motivation during the Ney inspection. This was a big part as to why Boxer won this prestigious award.”
What is even less common is that two ships in the same amphibious ready group would receive a Ney award. Amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) received a Ney award as well for the Small-Medium category.
While the award is a nice gesture for a job well done, Master Chief Culinary Specialist Jade E. Metz, Boxer’s Supply Department leading chief petty officer, believes its larger purpose is to encourage high-performance and improve the quality of life for Navy personnel.
“The Ney award program recognizes excellence in food service,” said Metz. “It is one of the biggest ways that leadership within food service can give back to the junior Sailors for all their hard work.”

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United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at utr@usosandiego.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.

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